Monday 18 February 2019

Gardai warned teens to be careful

The two teenagers killed in a horror smash yesterday were travelling in a high-performance limited edition car which became airborne before crashing in a field.

Gardai are investigating if speed was a factor in the crash that claimed the lives of back-seat passengers, Kieran Kelly (17) and Padraic McHugh (17), both from Oran, Co Roscommon, and left two of their friends in a critical condition

The Irish Independent has also learned that the car had been stopped by a concerned garda just hours before the fatal collision. He stopped the car in Roscommon town on Thursday evening and warned the driver to take care on the road.

The accident occurred at Bohergarve, less than two miles from Roscommon town on the Boyle road. Five people have died in crashes along the same stretch of road in recent years . It happened at 2am yesterday morning, as the car taking all four young men home spun out of control on a bend. The car apparently careered across the road, crashed through a low stone wall and barbed-wire fence and then became airborne, before embedding itself in a field about 30 yards from the road.

Evidence of extensive skid marks was still visible on the winding road yesterday afternoon. One of the tyres from the car, which had flown off at impact, was yesterday recovered along the roadside, about 50 yards from the scene of the accident, which was examined by technical experts yesterday.

Gardai who rushed to the scene from Roscommon station discovered one young man dead and another critically injured in the back seat of the car. The driver and front seat passenger were both seriously injured.

A number of ambulances rushed the injured to hospital in Roscommon. Tragically the second backseat passenger was declared dead on arrival.

Colm Mee (17), also from Oran, and Paul O'Grady (18), from Fourmilehouse, were in a serious condition in hospital. .

Yesterday, the parish priest of Fourmilehouse, Fr Raymond Browne, appealed to the National Roads Authority to immediately improve the road.

"There have been five people killed on this road since I came here and the road is a sub-standard, national secondary road ... it's continuous traffic and the road is the same as when I came here," said Fr Browne.

The Chief Executive of the Road Safety Authority, Noel Brett, yesterday extended his heartfelt sympathy to the families involved, but declined to comment on the specific circumstances of the crash.

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